Gianacakos Getting Big Interest

One of the up and comers in the Midwest, St. Charles North (Ill.) junior offensive lineman Chase Gianacakos is one to keep an eye on as the 2014 class heats up.

And people are noticing the 6-foot-6, 284 pound prospect -- including at last week's U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio.

"The combine went well," Chase Gianacakos said. "It was a little nerve racking at first -- but I got over it and got into the grove."

Getting into the grove of football is something that the St. Charles North (Ill.) standout has done over the past three years, since he first got the opportunity to play the game.

"I mean at first it was a little hard but I picked it up really quick," Gianacakos said. "My dad played for the Illinois so he knows the game really well, I always had the mindset that I wanted to play but I didn't because I lived overseas."

He continued, "I lived in England, China, and Spain so I never got a chance to play while I was there."

And then for high school, Gianacakos moved back to the United States.

"It was cool because my freshman year I got up to the sophomore team and I was going to get moved up to varsity in the playoffs but we didn't make it," Gianacakos said. "Sophomore year I got moved up to Varsity and this year I was a captain so it was a good season. We were almost in the playoffs, and I was really happy to be invited to the national combine here."

Gianacakos is happy to be following in his dad, Richard Gianacakos' footsteps when it comes to the gridiron.

"My dad got recruited as at tackle and then got injured and moved to center," Gianacakos said. "His true senior year and redshirt senior year he played center. My mom also played volleyball for Illinois."

Although Gianacakos has plenty of things going for him, there are a few that he wants to work on going into his senior season.

"I am working on lower body strength and bending my knees and what not. Coming out aggressively and staying low are some things that I am working on," Gianacakos said. "Working hard at getting quicker as well, my shuttle time and vertical got better this year too, I'm just trying to work hard."

Schools are starting to take notice of Gianacakos.

"I am planning on going to Illinois, Boston College and Kansas junior days," Gianacakos said. "And I have heard from those schools as well as Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Oregon, Florida State and others."

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